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Spotlighting Take Steps Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation


Joining us today is Laurel Grimm Senior Manager, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer

Engagement Along with Jennifer O’Connor who is the Regional Director for the Northwest Chapter

and a Take Steps team captain. She’s been a captain and IBD patient for over 20 years!

Take Steps is the annual fundraising walk for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

One thing that’s unique about our organization is that so many patients involved struggle

with sharing their diagnosis/experiences with others.

There’s a lot of privacy, secrecy, and stigma surrounding Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

(“bathroom diseases”).

Take Steps is an awesome community event in part because it’s a chance for patients and caregivers

to be open about their experiences and hear stories from others.

This event supports our research efforts into improved treatments and eventually a cure.

Currently, Crohn’s & colitis are chronic, untreatable conditions that can lead to

severe complications and surgery for many patients over the course of their life.

General Entry Crohn’s Colitis Foundation Take Steps

Jennifer O’Connor’s Team